UNICEF scales up support to COVID-19 response in Bulgaria
The United Nations Children’s fund has delivered protective equipment to support the public healthcare system
Sofia, 31 August 2020 – UNICEF continues to deliver life-saving supplies to meet some of the most pressing needs and keep children and communities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
To support the country’s response, UNICEF Bulgaria has delivered personal protective equipment including surgical masks and protective clothing in support of the Ministry of Health. The personal protection equipment (PPEs) protect medical personnel who are on the frontline, providing care and treatment to people affected by the virus. We have also delivered 4,000 PCR tests to the Military Medical Academy and surgical masks and protective clothing to Sheynovo Maternity Hospital in Sofia.
‘UNICEF Bulgaria appreciates all the national efforts to tackle the challenges that children and families face due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During this crisis, UNICEF working with various partners is supporting the government in its crucial work to fight against the spread of COVID-19 and to respond to its impact on its people.
‘The pandemic is not over so we should still be cautious and respect the measures in place to avoid the spread of the virus’, said Dr. Jane Muita, UNICEF Representative in Bulgaria. ‘We are grateful for the support of business and various partners that continue to enable us to reach children and families in such hard times’.
UNICEF in Bulgaria is providing a multidimensional response in support of the most vulnerable children and families and so far during the COVID-19 crisis, we have delivered 10 tonnes of supplies to over 40 municipalities. Hygiene and educational kits reached over 3,526 families with 9,448 children.
UNICEF Bulgaria is also working with partners to ensure access to distance learning, including to online education for the most vulnerable children. In more than 20 municipalities,40 educational mediators were supported to enable distance learning and the National Campaign “Donate Old Devices to a New Beginning”, initiated by Center Amalipe, received tablets to enable 400 children to learn remotely. In addition, 13 refugee and migrant children were supported with tablets.
The total value of UNICEF support is of $143,755 (BGN 250,996).
As part of its response to the crisis, UNICEF through various channels constantly informs and supports parents, children, young people, pregnant and breastfeeding women and teachers with information and guidelines.